After a springtime visit to Ethiopia with his parents, Corban decided to try to make some money, by having have a lemonade stand, to send to an orphanage he visited in Addis Ababa

By Nancy Hastings (Hillsdale Daily News) |

READING, Mich.―While some youngsters may want to have a lemonade stand for some extra spending money, a 7 year-old in Reading, Michigan, had a different plan for his stand Friday afternoon.

While some youngsters may want to have a lemonade stand for some extra spending money, a 7 year-old in Reading had a different plan for his stand Friday afternoon.

After a springtime visit to Ethiopia with his parents, Corban decided to try to make some money to send to an orphanage he visited in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.

“He set a goal of $500, so he could bless a lot of boys he met,” his mother, Randi Bignell said. “People saw his stand on Facebook and a distant cousin said she would match up to $250 of what he made. Several people have given him $50, so he will meet the goal.”

Corban said his lemonade was a $2 special since he had raspberry flavoring from Checker Records. But if buyers wanted plain lemonade, that was available for $1.

His parents, the Rev. Jared Bignell and his wife, Randi, started The Remedy Church in Reading and have traveled to Ethiopia many times. They were holding a garage sale to help with their ticket purchases for their next trip.

“I support several orphanages there, so we visit a lot,” Randi Bignell said. “Corban got to play soccer there and meet the boys in March. He was looking at their pictures on my phone and trying to remember their names. He wants to send money to help with their organized music sessions by buying them speakers or possibly a laptop.”

Since some of the boys are his age, Corban easily identifies with them, she said.

“And, since their food is bland there, with not much nutritional value, Corban also wants to make enough to buy some supplemental snacks for the kids,” she added.

The Bignells hope to deliver the gifts of money and blessings because they have been blessed with several boys they’ve adopted from Ethiopia.

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